Come Down Moses
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My new recording... a little act of love for the people of Syria.
A few months ago, musician, producer and engineer, Mark Stanley asked me to give him a track to work on. I’ve been so impressed with Mark’s work as a creative musical producer and engineer that I jumped at the opportunity. I had a song called 'Come Down Moses' that was resonating for me in the wake of the unfolding tragedy of Syria and I recorded a vocal and guitar track and sent it to him.
He then went to work and built up this beautiful, complex soundscape and forwarded the track to 'The Frames' fiddle player, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and bass player Joe Doyle, who brought their musical sensitivities to the recording. Melbourne based guitarist, Robbie Melville and singer Julie Buxton further augmented what was growing into a powerful recording of the song.
In the interim, Teresa O’Brien searched high and low for the compelling and disturbing images of the suffering inflicted upon the children of Syria, particularly the portraits of Syrian Children by Muhammed Muheisen.
What eventuated was an act of love by all the artists involved to try to make an artistic statement of love and support for the common people of Syria. The video is hard to watch but it’s real and heart wrenching and the recording comes from a genuine desire, as artists to do something.
It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by these atrocities and man’s inhumanity to man that the world is struck with inertia. It’s not much but it’s something; an expression of support to the people suffering and the other people who risk their lives, every day, to try to ease the suffering, heal the wounded, bury the dead. I hope it also serves as a reminder, to those of us in our comfortable lives, that these people need and deserve our help. We could be them. Not that long ago they were living lives like ours and then chaos descended on them. It’s also a reminder of the failure of leadership and the how easily power can deceive people into thinking that war is an answer to such problems. In Syria, once again, we see all the petty human failings of greed, ego, self interest, corruption, extremism and vanity play out and visit on the common people unbearable suffering.
“All wars, whether just or unjust, disastrous or victorious are waged against the child”
— Eglantyne Jebb